Tonsillectomy Day Five

Tonsillectomy Recovery Day by Day

 Day 5

A collection of various experiences of adult tonsillectomy patients on their fifth day of recovery

From thousands of post comments to the tonsillectomy recovery forum, I have assembled a sampling of various accounts and impressions of tonsillectomy recovery for each day. Below I share comments about tonsillectomy day 5. These comments are taken from tonsillectomy patients who were kind enough to share their experiences to help others as they navigate the bumpy road of tonsillectomy recovery.

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Tonsillectomy Day 5
Tonsillectomy Day 5
  • Tonsillectomy Day 5 :  Can I take the pain killers every two hours?
  •  Oh God. PAIN. …And why am I constipated??
  •  So, the pain is a little better today. I took Tylenol at 2:00am and didn’t need it again until 12:00pm – I’d consider that progress! The coughing is still present. I’m trying to avoid it, but it’s harder than you think. There isn’t much to say about today. I’m talking a little more, but don’t want to strain my voice even more, so I’m still writing a lot down. I had soup again today and canned peaches are awesome – even though I had to puree them. All in all, the throat is feeling okay; the ears – still painful.
  •  Day 5 and so far it has been pretty tolerable
  • Day 5: so today i woke up feeling pretty good, my throat was a little tender but once i took the meds the pain was almost gone and i didn’t need to have any ice or Popsicles. i ate some noodles and pesto sauce. drank water and coca-cola and had some ice cream. I ate potato smileys for dinner. they went down pretty well although thier was a little pain but once i drank some pop it went away. The scabs fell off today as well and i didn’t feel it at all just the occasional tickle and i could feel them hanging down but then i looked in the mirror and they were just gone, so i’m assuming that i just swallowed them :s ( kinda gross)
  • Day 5 and still not getting better. When does it start getting better?! Im nauseous all the time because I have no food in my stomach but i have to take my pain meds because the pain is incredible! I started out weighing apprx 108lbs and weighed myself today and I weigh 101lbs. I hope I dont lose much more. This is depressing
  • Day 5 for me and definitely the worst day yet…woke up so nauseated and was so nervous about throwing up and ripping a scab a hold of my doctor who ordered me some anti Nausea med’s
  • Day 5. I’m very thankful that I’ve had a great recovery so far. No major pain other than a sore throat. Today I substituted a dose of the Hydrocodone for a dose of ibuprofen and am doing well. I’ve been eating since the very first day (applesauce, grits, milkshake)
  • Day 5 and I had my best night sleep yet last night. Had to stop by Drs office yesterday. My tongue felt swollen and getting a lot of itching with the Roxicet. He said I was doing fine. Still taking Benadryl at night though. I find if I talk I pay for it later on so trying to talk as little as possible. Went to my office for an hour to do payroll but had to leave as I wanted to talk. Still eating good and no stomach issues at all. Hoping to get out of the house tomorrow even just to take a short walk.
  • Throat is a little more tender today, and ears hurt when i swallow now. From what i have read/heard it is just the progression of the healing.
  • Day 5-7–nothing exciting to tell, tried to eat a few more interesting things, but throat hurt too much since I wasn’t taking pain meds. Soft boiled eggs were my friend. Getting bored being home by myself all day so I went shopping for an hour and had to come home and take a nap!
  • day 5 and so far it has been pretty tolerable. First day I had only soft food and lots of coke and water but from day 2 I ate normally. Doctor prescribed Voltaren 100mg suppositories which works like a charm for 8 hours, the 4 hours before the next dose however is excrutiating to say the least.
  •  Day 5- horrible morning, good during day.
  •  Recovery Day 5 (post-op day 6):This day was pretty much a blur. More pain and not a lot of food or water. Was in too much agony to do much of anything. Taking the liquid Tylenol and chasing it with a teaspoon of lortab each dose time.
  • Tonsillectomy Day 5 : Day 5: I am still trying to just get through the day. I sleep much better at night and have noticed a major difference in how I feel; I have more energy and I feel rested after sleeping. I cried today over mashed potatoes and small curd cottage cheese. I am not a happy camper.

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  1. Bad weather meant I couldn’t get my painkillers refilled so Day 5 has been a uniquely difficult day. I haven’t dared eat anything, but will likely attempt pasta or rice after getting pain killers. I’m still unable to open my mouth/move my tongue and feel very antsy for this process to be over.

  2. Day 5: after having awful sleeps since my surgery I bit the bullet and bought a humidifier today. After seeing steam seemed to help people on here I sat in the bathroom with the shower on to ease my throat pain in the middle of the night.. it seemed to take the sting out a bit so now I’m humidifier converted. Hopefully this will minimize the amount of times I wake up in a panic during the night getting like I’m choking. Oh fun fact: Sometimes since the surgery I snore when I’m not even asleep properly.. awake snoring is super embarressing! My jaw and teeth started to ache today like I’ve been clenching. Still have the ear pain and have started getting a sharp stabbing pain where my scabs are occasionally. Wondering if this is them starting to crack away. Found eating solids was more difficult today than it has been previously but still managed to get down various foods like cucumber scrambled eggs spinach and halloumi and cake and banana. DO NOT EAT TOMATO. It’s been the worst decision I made so far this week… the sting was so intense that it traveled to my ears and gave me like a whole head pain experience. Besides that slept a whole heap today again. Managed to leave the house once to get the humidifier. Still living pain med to pain med though.

  3. Day 5 and I’m doing a lot better. Had to visit the GP today as I am not passing urine frequently, I remain constipated, and I am experiencing dizzy spells. Getting dressed, and the visit to the GP has left me feeling tired. Still having to take regular analgesia but I’m sleeping a lot better. My breathe smells rank! Bring on Day 14.

  4. 0800am of day 5 and it’s one of the worse yet. I woke in the night wondering if I can actually do this. The pain is horrendous I think my scabs are starting to come away. I have yet to get my pain under control. Co-codamol and ibruprofen Just isn’t cutting it I am in agony. Hot water bottle is the only thing helping me through right now. I was not expecting it to last this long, when will it start to get better??? Feel like I am being really dramatic but yesterday was so much better I could swallow easier and thought I was on the mend. So glad I found this page it’s helping me through. Just want to be back to normal now.

  5. Day 5: has been the worst so far for me. I took two Tylenol and it barley helped me. I’m in the worst pain I’ve ever felt every time I swallow it’s the worst. Why do I feel like this is never going to heal. Getting really impatient here:(

    1. My four year old son got his tonsils removed last Monday and he is still in very bad pain the pain killers are only easing the pain for a very short while, I’m thinking of taking him back to the doctors as I have seen him in pain, day 2and 3 after op were ok but the last two days he has been in very bad pain and won’t eat or drink for me

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